June 26-July 1
Gender in the Light of Social Understanding and Soul Development in Waldorf Education ~ with Lisa Romero and Meaghan Witri
With many years of study and research, including working within numerous Waldorf schools and classes as backdrop, this course will focus on Rudolf Steiner’s insights into the unfolding of gender in human development. Viewing this deeper understanding of child development, we will explore what is most supportive of a child’s inner and outer growth in today’s world in order to bring greater harmony between the evolving body and soul.
Supporting this aspect of the health and wellbeing of the individual child’s relationship to gender, as well as to an eventual relationship to sexuality, provides greater resilience and confidence in a growing relationship to the wider community. As adults, much of what we struggle with today can be traced back to moments in our own developmental stages. By understanding the foundations laid down in childhood, we can come to recognize the healing steps we need to take to support greater inner health in ourselves and in those around us.
Lisa Romero, an international speaker and author of books on inner development, has been offering healthcare and education enriched with anthroposophy since 1993. For several years, she served as lecturer of Health and Nutrition and Gender studies at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, where she continues to give lectures on inner development. Since 1999, she has been presenting on the subject of gender, sexuality, and spiritual life, working with Waldorf schools on their health and wellbeing curriculum. An adviser on Health and Personal Development for the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework, she has developed training courses, and facilitated professional development on this subject for teachers and health professionals. From 2006, her primary focus has been on teaching inner development and anthroposophical meditation.
Meaghan Witri, facilitator of in-school community programs on “Developing the Self Developing the World,” has served as an early childhood and parent-child educator, and more recently as a class teacher. Meaghan works directly with parents in the home, offering practical support and understanding of child development from birth through adolescence in the light of anthroposophy. An artist with a degree in theater, performance, and English Studies, she is the co-author of the EduCareDo subject course “Speech and Drama as Living Arts.”